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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 525 days ago 651 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Purrmaster

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525 days ago

I was curious as to what folks here think the best wood to use for cutting boards is. Both long grain and end grain.

I’ve already ruled out oak because I’ve read its porosity can harbor bacteria. As well as beech and ash for the same reason. I kind of ruled out pine for being too soft.

On whichever wood I use I intend to use mineral oil as the “finish.”


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 525 days ago

Maple mostly. Could be cherry.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 525 days ago

Maple works well.. I have made several from it.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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WDHLT15

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#3 posted 525 days ago

Beech is diffuse porous and should be fine.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 525 days ago

Maple, cherry, purpleheart, padauk, wenge, birch. I avoid the oaks and ash, because they are too porous for my tastes. I also avoid poplar because it too soft.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Purrmaster

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#5 posted 525 days ago

I’ve got a little bit of purpleheart I could use. With purpleheart does it matter if I do it end grain or long grain? I was under the impression that end grain is supposed to be harder than long grain, therefore creating a tougher cutting board. I’m not entirely sure I buy that, actually.

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nwbusa

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#6 posted 525 days ago

End grain is usually easier on knifes, as opposed to long grain.

Oh, and I’m a maple man, myself.

-- John, BC, Canada

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ScottinTexas

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#7 posted 525 days ago

No walnut?

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nwbusa

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#8 posted 525 days ago

No walnut?

Too expensive in my part of the world!

-- John, BC, Canada

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Pdub

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#9 posted 525 days ago

I use Walnut. It’s the same price as Cherry. Both are expensive (about $6.50 BF) so I usually make a two or three wood board with maple as a main wood. Maple is alot cheaper here than the other two. Alot of people here really like the maple and walnut combo boards.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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